Why climate change is a crisis
Climate change is the biggest challenge currently facing humanity. Unchecked, climate change threatens not only our environment but also our economic development and the quality of life we enjoy. It is the challenge that will define this generation. We will be remembered by how we respond to this challenge.
Climate change is real. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) synthesis report published in 2014 has left us in no doubt about the precise nature of this challenge. It concluded that the evidence of climate change is unequivocal. It also shows how man-made emissions of greenhouse gases are driving climate change.
Without actions, climate change will have potentially catastrophic effects for many areas of the globe. It will also have spill-over impacts for all regions and countries. These will grow as climate change impacts increase. Heat-waves and drought are increasing and the human cost is already evident. Sea level rise is pushing people out of their homes and will create climate refugees. We will have to adapt our lives to mange our responses to these changes. We must reduce our GHG emissions to insure that future generations can retain the capacity to manage in the future climate conditions.
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